Hillside – In Ex Design
  • Project: Hillside
  • Client: Richard Smythe - Owner, Complete Solutions
  • Location: Lympstone
  • Type: Modern Extension, Full Redesign and Refurbishment Including Integrated Landscaping Scheme
  • Value: £250,000 - £500,000
  • Status: Completed
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Hillside is a striking, modern large-scale renovation and extension of a Victorian Property, in the coastal village of Lympstone in East Devon, in South West England.

A former bed and breakfast built in the Victorian era, the property was taken on by a great client who saw the potential of the house and its site to convert it into a ‘forever home’. The new modern 2-storey extension, extensive internal refurbishment works and comprehensive landscaping scheme allows the design to work cohesively together.

The client, who owns Complete Solutions, a high-end installer of home cinema, multi-room audio systems and smart home systems gave In Ex Design a brief to not only to create an outstanding family home but also a unique setting in which to showcase the new technologies Complete Solutions supplies. The client’s expertise of modern technology and the level of attention to detail is apparent throughout the design – from construction details to spacial design, from furniture layouts to selection of artwork. The result is a grand yet intimate five-bedroom space which adapts effortlessly to indoor/outdoor living and is modern both in terms of appearance and operation.

“It’s one of those surprising sites.” Says Julie-Ann Clements, Director of In Ex Design “Right in the middle of the village – and you would never believe what lies behind the front door!”

‘I enrolled Julie-Ann at In Ex Design to create a family home as well as a show home for my High End Audio Visual Business. The house was originally a Bed & Breakfast and was in need of a total refurbishment along with a large extension to move the living area to the back of the house. It wasn’t just the architectural elements but the whole design solution including the garden and interior designs.

Julie-Ann and the team were great to work with, and the end product has ended up taking front cover of the Exeter Living Magazine. The amazing space they created incorporated my discreet audio visual solutions in every room, even in the original Victorian part of the house. She left no stone unturned through out the development, picking up on even the smallest detail, which in turn has created the final product which I’m proud not only to call my home, but also to bring potential clients to, to showcase my business…..and every response is the same…..WOW! Thanks In Ex Design!’

Richard Smythe - Owner, Complete Solutions

The original 3-storey Victorian house was renovated to provide a family snug and formal dining room on the ground floor. Taking full advantage of the period styling whilst including modern interior details such as a secret door to the extended garage.

Above, the first floor forms the master suite with an en-suite, walk through dressing room and office. The second floor includes two bedrooms, bathroom and a play room.

A glazed link connects the modern timber-clad extension which provides a generous open plan kitchen, dining, living space and associated utility rooms. The first floor of the extension includes a snug cinema room, equipped with bar and pool table as well as a bedroom and bathroom for guests.

The garden landscaping delivers defined spaces for the modern family dynamic. A morning and evening terrace are accessed through full height glazed sliding doors, allowing the open plan living space to extend outdoors, each area benefiting from the progression of the day’s sun. A generous lawn area creates open space for the children to play, with the mandatory trampoline built into the ground, concealed from view.